Oregon Tech leads the Northwest in delivery of technology education
Oregon Institute of Technology is a leader in higher education in the Northwest, providing Oregon, the region, and the nation with graduates who have the knowledge and skills to excel in an increasingly technological workplace. Since its founding in 1947, Oregon Tech has focused on changing the lives of Oregonians by preparing them to meet the technical and management needs of business, industry and healthcare agencies.
As the Oregon University System institution with a focused mission to deliver technology education statewide, Oregon Tech develops and maintains partnerships with public and private institutions, businesses and industries, health-care organizations and government agencies to ensure quality programs that meet the needs of students and the organizations that employ them. Increasingly, Oregon Tech is participating in initiatives to increase access to its technology programs by sharing facilities and human resources with other OUS institutions and community colleges throughout the state.
Today, Oregon Tech offers a menu of academic choices that feature Bachelor of Science programs in engineering, the engineering and health technologies, management, communication and the applied sciences. Oregon Tech is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Oregon Tech's main campus is located in Klamath Falls. Additional locations include Portland, Seattle and La Grande; many programs are also offered via Distance Education.
Oregon Tech is just what the doctor ordered for Oregon's workforce shortage
Today Oregon employs over 100,000 health care professionals, but the aging of the baby boomers is driving a shortage of employees in many critical areas. Current enrollment rates in Oregon Tech Health Professions programs are impressive, as are the annual number and placement of graduates. However, Oregon Tech is no longer able to accept every student who is qualified to be educated as a health care professional. In recent years, the number of CHP graduates has increased by 50% and today the program is physically and instructionally at capacity.
The Oregon Employment Department forecasts the need for additional allied heath care workers by 2012 professionals who will require a minimum two-year, and, in many cases, a four-year education. The narrow pipeline of Oregon's health care education programs has already led to a critical scarcity of employable health care professionals and promises to make this 2012 goal difficult to attain. With strategic and sustainable expansion, Oregon Tech's Center for Health Professions is well positioned to meet this critical need. No other institution in the region is better prepared to do so. Oregon Tech's long history of delivering these programs has prepared Oregon Tech to be responsive to this growing need. Expanding Oregon Tech's capacity and presence in Oregon is a transformation that puts Oregon Tech into a strong leadership role in delivering health care education.